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Old 04-27-2001
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How much can you furl a headsail

Before you decide tacking a 150% genoa is too much work, find out how much wind you''re likely to be sailing in. If you''re in a light-air area - such as most of the E.Coast between CT and FL in the summer, you may need the 150% to get up enough speed just to tack. In such conditions a smaller jib might mean slatting around or motoring instead of sailing. Also, in a 22'' boat, you might not want to be out in situations that would require reducing sail by partially furling the jib. If you do get stuck, simply furl up the entire jib, or drop it, and high-tail it back to port with just the main, and reef that, if you have to, to maintain helm balance. Essentially, you should be able to see the conditions changing and get back to port before needing to furl anything. If you need a smaller sail up before you set out, pehaps you''re not in a light-air area.
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